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Level: Beginner
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +898/ -949 ft
Total: 76 riders

Mountain Biking Bill Heffner Elementary School

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#142 of 543 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#2,848 in the world

the loop is good single track local guys build bridges and maintain the trail real well. the ride is all what you want it to be if you want it to be technical you just ride it fast and it will be full of surprises

First added by carbon_bars on Jun 17, 2005. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
head south on reilly road take right on cliffdale road follow till you see prestige blvd take a right then, follow till the 4 way stop take a right and then just follow that around till you see the elem school. if you go the north east corner of the play ground there is a entrance to the woods where the trail head is. watch out for range control from bragg. these trails also join into the chicken road trails of you know your way around bragg..
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  • Brian Carlson

    Trail no longer exists as single track. Sandy and leaf covered. No maintenance and hard to navigate.

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  • davidmoore99

    Still a small loop you can ride, but I don't recommend it. Not a very good area and the trail is a good place for high class people to dump trash.

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  • Tommy Lewis

    Take this trail off your site. Trail IS closed. Access to MTB trails have been blocked off by federal govt fence line.

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  • cable2112

    The trail has been destroyed by Bragg construction, it's a shame it was a great trail.

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  • *

    They are tearing down the trail... Its becoming part of bragg... Sad day!

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  • jgutz71

    They are still cutting down trees and messing up the trails...you can still get a good ride in, just do a couple loops

    * Review edited 6/24/2012

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  • drbyers

    I rode this trail for the first time yesterday (March 23, 2012) after a long day at work and found it to be pretty nice for a local track.

    It's kind of more compact than I'm used to, but it's definitely well maintained. If you like medium difficulty single track then this place is for you.

    I rode it on a single-speed 26" bike and this trail was almost perfect for it. Also, I haven't ridden trails in more than a decade, so this was a perfect way to ease back into technical mountain bike riding.

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  • 1point

    Having gotten into biking as an exercise for weight loss a couple of years ago, I'm fairly new to trail riding. I started riding this trail and Smith Lake trail about a year ago. I don't have a huge basis for comparison, and I'm not very technically skilled, but I have enjoyed riding this trail more and more as I've build up my endurance and ability. The sand is a pain, but it seems everything around here is sandy. I was just getting really comfortable with it when the tornado destroyed both this and Smith Lake, which put a damper on my rides. I checked it out in October or November for the first time since the storm and saw how damaged it still was despite the evident work that had already been done. I came back out today to ride for the first time since then and aside from it being painfully evident that I was out of shape, the trail has really gotten better. A lot has been cleared, the majority has been cut back, and a handful of jumps and technical sections have been added (there are a couple of videos of these additions posted). Some I was comfortable with on the first ride through, and some I'm not touching yet, at least without company. Thanks, though, to everyone who's had any part in cleaning up the trail and making new additions. Very much appreciated.

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  • EdSalisbury

    Road about a year ago. Had fun, but found myself lost for a bit finding the trail. If you are going out there let me know, as I would love to tag along. Thanks.* Review edited 3/2/2012

    * Review edited 3/2/2012

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  • jaredmcvay

    Rode it again today, and it keeps getting bigger out there. Hit this up some time. It's a great ride. These guys are making some great stuff.

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  • paynedr12

    Rode the trail yesterday, first time in 2012! Glad someone put up some signs. Im still going to throw some extra engineer tape on a few of the trees. Only problem now is more people need to ride it. This trail has tons of potential. Going to do at least one ride a week at this trail.

    * Review edited 2/8/2012

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  • Ayalbe

    We have been building up the freeride section for a couple months and its turning out awesome. Thanks to the guys the made the cut a rounds so all riders can still enjoy the trail. This trail is great for all types of riders now.

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  • Jarrett.morgan

    Closed and fenced off. It is now part of Ft Bragg

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  • jaredmcvay

    Main Trail was a good ride and there is much work being done out there. From there, you can hit multiple other trails. I hit almost 9 miles before going back to hit some again.

    There is something for everyone out there. If the main trail isn't what you're looking for, branch out. you'll find it. The Rating can go from Easiest to Difficult.

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  • xxxbrowningxxx

    The trails are not labled and hard to follow in some ares of it but when you get the hang of it you'll know which lane is a little challenging. Riding fast on this trail is the good way, I will be here every week :)

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  • meanmejia

    Fun, lots of shade, and in town. As others have stated, trail needs better marking or you'll spend most of the time looking for the next section.

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  • psychosapper

    Trail head is difficult to find as the school put up chain link fencing around the building. Spent the majority of the ride looking for the next section as the trail is intersected by multiple access roads. Trail was in decent shape and spent time doing maintenance on a couple of bridges. What we did ride had some fast sections and some technical obstacles.

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  • Bill_Pittman

    This is a very fun and challenging trail. Less than half of the trail (that I could find) was quite technical with sharp ascents/descents, bridge and creek crossings, logs, etc.. Spent a good portion of the time just trying to find the next section. Found arrows and ties but they are so small that unless you are really looking you will miss them.

    * Review edited 7/10/2009

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  • srulli6797

    This is an amazingly fun ride and a great workout. Tragically, if you don't have someone that has ridden it before, it is very unlikely that you will actually be able to find the entire trail. I highly recommend that whoever is upkeeping this trail, re-mark the exact path.

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  • sapperpatten

    Only been out there 2 times so far. It does get hard to follow at times but you can make up your out track very easily, just make sure you are going the right way or it will seem like an uphill ride the whole time. Just needs some people to maintain it and it could be one of the best kept secrets in Fayetteville. Definately will be going back multiple times a week* Review edited 10/25/2008* Review edited 10/25/2008

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